Managing Stress – Reducing Caffeine

Man Drinking A Cup Of Coffee

Something to be aware of, if you want to manage stress, is the idea of reducing caffeine in your diet. Caffeine is in some foods and drinks that we enjoy. For example, coffee, tea, soft drinks and chocolate. For some strange reason, we humans quite often seem to like foods and drinks that are not as good for us as we would like. 🙂

In the human body, caffeine can increase cortisol levels. Stress also increases cortisol levels. There are negative side efforts if cortisol levels are too high for too long.

Is Caffeine Bad For You? Too Much Caffeine Is Bad For You

Having too much caffeine in your body can interfere with your sleep patterns. Having some caffeine in your body can act as a temporary energy boost and in that sense it has its uses. If however you are interested in managing stress and in reducing stress, you should consider reducing caffeine in your diet.

Caffeine is known to interfer with sleep, so avoid taking caffeine 6 to 8 hours before you go to bed. Caffeine may be benefital in small dozes, so avoid drinking more than 2 cups of coffee per day, and if you do drink coffee avoid taking coffee 6 to 8 hours before you go to bed because it may affect your sleep. Sleep is important. You may be able to enjoy limited quantities of caffeine in your diet, however too much caffeine is a no-no.

Bear in mind that sources of caffeine include coffee and soft drinks, so I will focus on practical suggestions on how to reduce coffee and soft drinks in your diet. It is fairly important that you reduce slightly you intake of caffeine over a longer period of time, rather than doing a sudden stoppage.

Reducing coffee intake could add up to a significant annual saving

If you buy coffee on the go a few times every day, reducing your coffee intake could add up to a significant annual saving.
For example:
Say your coffee costs $3 a go, you buy 3 coffees a day, and there are 365 days in the year, this comes to $3,285 on an annual basis.
If you manage to reduce your coffee intake by 1 coffee a day in this example, you would save $1,095 on an annual basis.
If you manage to reduce your coffee intake by 2 coffees a day in this example, you would save $2,190 on an annual basis.
If you manage to reduce your coffee intake by 3 coffees a day in this example, you would save $3,285 on an annual basis.
Be sure to do a quick calculation based on how much you pay for coffee and how many coffees you buy per day and be sure to calculate the annual savings. 🙂

Reduce caffeine slowly over time

I would suggest that if you are going to reduce caffeine in your diet that you gradually reduce it over a period of time, otherwise you may feel unwanted side effects. The human body after a while gets used to taking so much and when it does not get the usual amount, the human body craves for it and in some cases, this can lead to a caffeine headache or other unwanted side effects. If you are in any doubt about reducing your caffeine intake, you should consult with your doctor.

A tip to help you reduce your soft drink intake

If say, you enjoy a glass of your favourite soft drink when you are eating your dinner, follow this approach for a few days:

Day Number Amount of water with your dinner Amount of your favourite soft drink with your dinner
Day 1 No water 1 glass of your favourite soft drink
Day 2 No water 1 glass of your favourite soft drink
Day 3 1/4 glass of water 3/4 glass of your favourite soft drink
Day 4 1/4 glass of water 3/4 glass of your favourite soft drink
Day 5 1/2 glass of water 1/2 glass of your favourite soft drink
Day 6 1/2 glass of water 1/2 glass of your favourite soft drink
Day 7 3/4 glass of water 1/4 glass of your favourite soft drink
Day 8 3/4 glass of water 1/4 glass of your favourite soft drink
Day 9 1 glass of water No favourite soft drink
Day 10 1 glass of water No favourite soft drink

Of course, the size of the glass is the same for the water and for your favourite soft drink. 🙂

And of course, the same idea could apply if you want to reduce or give up other forms of caffeine. 🙂

Reduce the amount of caffeine slowly over a period of time to give your body time to get used to less caffeine.

Another tip to help you reduce your soft drink intake

This tip helps you reduce your soft drink intake as a percentage of your total liquid intake. This one is incredibly simple. As well as having your glass of your favourite soft drink, you have another glass containing a full glass of water. Then you simply alternative between drinking the soft drink with drinking the water.

Over time, you may refill the glass that contained the water. In that case, you might have one glass of your favourite soft drink with two glasses of water. Over time, you may reach the position of only drinking the water. I personally feel it is OK to drink some of your favourite soft drink on some occasions.

Yep, I think that too much caffeine is bad

As you might have gathered by now, having too much caffeine is bad for you. However I hope that the practical tips and suggestions on how to reduce your intake of coffee and/or your intake of soft drinks helps you to reduce your intake of caffeine over a period of time and that you feel the benefits of doing this. If you used to buy 3 or 4 coffees each week day, and this is reduced to none, than there should be a significant cost saving that you could consider spending on something else. Likewise, if you used to buy a few cans or bottles of soft drinks each week day and this is reduced to none, than there should be a significant cost saving that you could consider spending on something else.

Caffeine is bad for you, and consuming too much caffeine is bad for you especially if you consume this caffeine near bedtime and it interferes with you getting the right amount of high quality sleep each night.

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Let me know if you have any applicable thoughts on this great subject by leaving your applicable thoughts below. Many thanks. 🙂

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My name is David and in common with a lot of people I suffer from stress. In my experience of managing my stress I have learned different ways of managing stress. I suffer less than I used to because I have learned how to manage this way better and proactively do so regularly. This is working for me. I hope my stress management blog helps you. Continue Reading

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2 Comments on “Managing Stress – Reducing Caffeine”

  1. Eliane says:

    I really like your tip on how to reduce soft drinks intake, slowly – a couple days at a time – while increasing the water intake.

    I’m sure it’s very effective. I personally have quit drinking soft drinks replacing them with water and sometimes water with lemon. And I feel a lot healthier. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing these great tips!

    1. David says:

      Hi Eliane,

      I agree, once you have some sort of plan and slowly reduce your soft drinks intake by increasing your water intake at about the same rate or even more, after a week or two, you are no longer drinking soft drinks or at least, you have reduced your soft drinks intake substantially, you feel a lot healthier. Also, having too much caffeine inside you is not good for you and soft drinks are a source of caffeine.

      Peace,
      David

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